The Thief of Time

The Thief of Time

by John Boyne
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Thief of Time 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1999, Matthieu Zela turned two hundred and fifty six years old though anyone seeing him would guess he is in his late forties. Matthieu has never understood why he simply stopped aging back in the late eighteenth century, but he has outlived nine generations of descendents of his late younger half-brother Tomas. That is not saying much since they all died in their twenties after siring a male offspring due to either insanity or events out of their control.---------------- Currently he resides in London where he earns a nice living as a satellite TV businessman. He worries about his nephew of the moment Tommy, a soap opera star, because he expects the lad to die soon especially since the youngster is out of control with a nasty heroin habit that makes him this generation¿s dolt. However, Matthieu vows not this time will his nephew pass on..---------------- This is a fascinating historical fantasy that is fun to follow though the TIME THIEF never decides between a gallop through major Western historical events of the last two and a half centuries like the French Revolution, etc or a current thriller to save the life of the nephew. Matthieu is an absorbing protagonist with his employment over the years being similar but modified to the era while he grieves his losses. However, one strike is that the audience never knows why he is immortal. Still overall this is a fine rapid dash through history.-------------- Harriet Klausner
JimRGill2012 More than 1 year ago
Boyne’s first novel is a uniquely constructed blend of three narratives that are connected by an equally unique protagonist/narrator, Matthieu Zéla—a 256-year-old man who has stopped aging and is seemingly immortal. The first narrative tells the story of Zéla’s youth in 18th century France and England. This tale focuses mainly on Matthieu’s unrequited love for a woman named Dominique, who—for various reasons—poses as his sister during their travels through the English countryside with Matthieu’s younger half-brother Thomas. Another narrative strand, episodic in nature, follows Matthieu through his involvement in numerous historically significant events such as the Reign of Terror during the French revolution, the founding of the modern Olympic games, the film career of Charlie Chaplin, and the Wall Street crash that precipitated the Great Depression. The final narrative is set in contemporary London, where Matthieu works as a television executive and assists his nephew Tommy (a descendent of his 18th-century half-brother), who is a drug-addicted soap opera star. Although the narratives loosely align with three developmental stages in Matthieu’s life—namely youth, middle-age, and maturity—Boyne makes little effort to structure the episodes of each narrative strand in any way that would suggest thematic resonance. Indeed, they are woven together in a seemingly random fashion. Consequently, while Boyne’s writing is clear and crisp and Matthieu’s narrative voice is well developed and distinct, the overall story hardly qualifies as a conventional novel featuring a traditional plot structure. Furthermore, Matthieu never bothers to discover why he stopped aging and why he continues to live; thus, the mystery behind his immortality is never revealed. *The Thief of Time* is an enjoyable and, at times, thrilling read, but it never quite “clicks” as a unified novel.
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Simplistic plot development.
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Louie Flores More than 1 year ago
Awesome concept